Friday, January 3, 2020 - 4:47pm
Center Cesar Ruiz declared for the NFL Draft on Friday.

Junior center Cesar Ruiz has elected to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft.

“I would like to thank the University of Michigan for helping craft me into the man I am today,” Ruiz said in a statement on his Twitter account. “It is truly an honor to be able to wear the maize and blue. … Since the day I touched a football, I knew I wanted to play in the National Football League. It’s always been my dream, and now I am ready to make that dream a reality.”

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 5:57pm
Sophomore linebacker Cam McGrone said the defense gave up too many explosive plays in its 35-16 loss to Alabama.

And yet, the defense did what it could. Any realistic gameplan against Alabama was going to include winning in the 30s or 40s. The Crimson Tide’s 35 points tied a season low, and they might not have even gotten that many if not for a fourth-quarter Shea Patterson interception. They were just 4-for-10 on third down. They were on the field for over nine fewer minutes than the Wolverines.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 11:44am

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jim Harbaugh and Nick Saban paused, then looked at each other. Slowly, each cracked a smile.

The awkward exchange came 18 minutes into the coaches’ joint press conference Tuesday morning. Each was asked what he would do if he could sit down with the other for an hour and talk football.

Finally, Harbaugh broke the silence.

“That would be a real treat. There’s really nobody better. Tremendous respect for Coach Saban.”

Monday, December 30, 2019 - 2:54pm

ORLANDO, Fla. — Joe Milton stood on a deck at the Fun Spot America amusement park. It was 75 degrees and the Florida humidity was in full force. For Milton, a native of Pahokee, Fla., it was kind of like a homecoming. On Wednesday, the redshirt freshman expects to have 40 family members in the stands for the Citrus Bowl.

Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 11:56am

ORLANDO, Fla. — To hear Don Brown talk about Alabama’s offense is to hear a laundry list of accolades and praise.

Wideout Jerry Jeudy? Won the Biletnikoff Award last year for the nation’s best receiver. Running back Najee Harris? “The best jump cut guy I’ve seen.” The receiver room as a whole? The top group, across the board, he says he’s ever faced.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 3:31pm

Ever yelled “We want Bama” as a joke when Michigan had a good game? Well, you got your wish.

It’s official: the 14th-ranked Wolverines will be headed to Orlando to play No. 13 Alabama in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day.

“Certainly a privilege and an honor for our team to be … playing a great team like the University of Michigan with great tradition and a great coach in Jim Harbaugh,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said on a conference call Sunday evening. “And this is something that we — a challenge that we certainly look forward to.”

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 6:54pm
The Michigan football team is waiting to find out which bowl game it will play in.

Until Sunday’s selection show (or rather, an hour or so before the selection show, when someone inevitably leaks the placements), it’s a guessing game where the Wolverines will go and who they will play. But as championship weekend approaches, the picture has begun to come into focus.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 7:25pm
Linebacker Josh Uche will declare for the NFL Draft.

Linebacker Josh Uche has announced that he will declare for the NFL draft, though he will still play in Michigan’s bowl game.

“Me and my family have made the decision to forego my final season of eligibility and enter my name in the NFL Draft,” Uche said in a statement on Twitter. “I am still working hard with my teammates to win our 10th game of the season in the Bowl Game and I am excited to represent Michigan one last time.

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 4:48pm

Shea Patterson took the snap at Ohio State’s 16 early in the second quarter, hoping to convert third down and potentially bring Michigan within two points.

But he dropped the ball, and a Buckeye fell on it. You’ve seen that before.

What happened next should be familiar, too.

Friday, November 29, 2019 - 12:57pm
Ohio State defensive end Chase Young set a single-season school record for sacks.

Chase Young beat his blocker easily, grabbed the back of Sean Clifford’s jersey and sacked the Penn State quarterback deep in the Nittany Lions’ own territory.

But it wasn’t just any sack. That one put Young at 14.5 on the season, an Ohio State single-season record. By the end of the game, he’d totaled two more. And that was after missing the past two games due to suspension.

Fox commentator Joel Klatt was incredulous, saying: “You cannot one-on-one block Chase Young on third-and-long! That’s a total mismatch!”